ANADARKO, Okla. — Sam Bradford’s a genuine star now. Saturday, the Oklahoma quarterback will join college football’s glitterati in New York for the televised presentation of the Heisman Trophy. He’s favored to win it. At 6-4, with smarts and cool and an uncannily accurate right arm, he’s beginning to generate talk of going first in the NFL draft — whenever the third-year sophomore might choose to enter it.
“The guy’s unbelievable,” says Bob Stoops, who declares him better than both the Heisman winner and Heisman runner-up he previously coached at OU.
But it’s in places like this little town an hour’s drive west of Norman, at the edge of Oklahoma’s Great Plains Country, that each touchdown pass, each win, each TV close up of Bradford’s 21-year-old face resonates loudest.